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University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001)
Louis Kyriakoudes (Project Director: July 2013 to May 2015)
Jeanne L. Gillespie (Project Director: May 2015 to present)

The Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi: Providing Access at the 50th Anniversary

The digitization, indexing, and online publication of 483 oral history interviews documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

The Center for Oral History & Cultural Heritage at The University of Southern Mississippi seeks two years of funding in order to preserve and to make widely available to scholars and the public oral histories related to the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Recorded on analog media, these media are currently available only to scholars who can access the collection in person and they are in danger of degradation due to age and media. We ask for funding to support the digitization of these oral histories, compilation of detailed recording logs, and cataloging through the University Libraries. Digital media will then be shared, with complete metadata, to scholars and the public by publishing not only in the Southern Mississippi card catalog, but also through the Mississippi Digital Library ( and the Civil Rights Digital Archive.

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Project fields:
African History; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$259,685 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 4/30/2016